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Wifi Free Places To Unplug in Boston

As summer comes into season, we’re more motivated than ever to take advantage of the city’s many leisure-centric locales. Unsurprisingly, it’s hard to find a wifi-free public place in this tech-savvy city, so we’ve tracked down a few places that have forsworn wifi altogether, and a few more where you can approximate the wifi-less experience with enough willpower.  

Here are some of our favorite wifi free places to hang in Boston:

THINKING CUP, 165 Tremont Street, Boston, MA
Open Monday – Wednesday, 7 AM – 10 PM; Thursday – Sunday, 7 AM – 11 PM

A commitment to creating a cozy ambiance has kept wifi out of this Stumptown-serving shop, which has satellite locations in the North End and Back Bay.

 

INSTITUTE OF CONTEMPORARY ART, 25 Harbor Shore Drive, Boston MA
Open Tuesday – Wednesday, 10 AM – 5 PM; Thursday – Friday, 10 AM – 9 PM; Saturday – Sunday, 10 AM – 5 PM

A cavernous industrial building on the harbor makes for the perfect setting for some of the most interesting and challenging art around. Admission is free every Thursday night and on select holiday Mondays.    

 

HI-RISE BREAD COMPANY, 1663 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge MA
Open Monday – Friday., 8 AM – 8 PM; Saturday – Sunday, 8 AM – 5 PM

This Cambridge bakery has a strict no-wifi policy and a reputation for making simple, homestyle staples.

 

NORMAN B. LEVENTHAL PARK, 130 Congress Street, Boston MA
Open Monday – Sunday, 6 AM – 9 PM

There technically is wifi in this park (it’s covered by the city’s WickedFreeWifi), but if you can avoid connecting, you’ll find a slice of solace in Post Office Square. The park’s charming gazebo and great lawn sit atop a busy parking garage, a perfect metaphor for the park’s role among the hustle of the Financial District.

 

PORTER SQUARE BOOKS, 25 White Street, Cambridge MA
Open Monday – Friday, 7 AM – 9 PM; Saturday – Sunday, 8 AM – 7 PM

This local favorite keeps the crowds moving by offering a very limited wifi option—one hour with every purchase—so be sure you’re committed to browsing the stacks and not buying snacks.

In need of a more definite escape? Check out our Boston Outpost, featuring wifi free cabins just two hours outside of the city.

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Explore Getaway Boston

Here’s a handy guide for getting to our Boston Outpost and local spots to pick up any supplies you may need. While there’s a lot to do in the area, we suggest taking a break from planning in excess and simply enjoying the time away from your daily routine and hustle.

Parking + Public Transportation

Nestled in the New Hampshire woods, your secluded escape is easily accessible from Boston. Driving is the quickest way to travel to your Getaway—parking is easy, just pull up right beside your tiny cabin. If you don’t have any wheels, you can take a Greyhound bus to Concord, then hop in an Uber or Lyft for the remainder of the journey.

Walks in the Woods

Take a trip down one of these nearby hiking trails in your Getaway cabin backyard.

Bear Brook State Park
Distance: 3.4 miles, about 2-3 hours
Difficulty: Moderate
Dogs allowed on-leash
If you find yourself craving some calming time by the water, Bear Brook State Park is your ideal destination. During warmer months, you can go for a swim or stroll along 40 miles of trails, leading to ponds, bogs and marshes. Catamount Trail is a scenic hike through the woods.

Oak Hill Trails
Distance: 5.8 miles, about 2-3 hours
Difficulty: Easy
Dogs allowed on-leash
For a long but not difficult hike, try the trail leading to the old fire tower. Climbing the fire tower will provide you with a lovely panoramic view of the area.

Notes on Nature

  • New Hampshire is known as the Granite State, so if you’re not sure what type of rock you’re looking at while you’re exploring, granite is a good guess.
  • On a clear day, you might be able to see Mount Washington, the tallest peak in the Northeast at 6,288 feet.
  • The wild animal you’re most likely to encounter during your stay is the white-tailed deer, which has a population of about 100,000 in New Hampshire.
  • The Town Forest is just a short walk away. We encourage you to go by foot, but if you need to drive, there’s a small parking lot within the forest that you can park at.

Book a cabin at our Boston Outpost now.